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                                                             MAY 17, 2017

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Adair County Annex. The meeting was called to order by Elsie Gaber, Vice-President, in the absence of President Andrea O’Brien. Roll Call was answered by 36 members with “My Favorite Summer Activity.”

The UFO Challenge Book was circulated for updates.

NEW BUSINESS: To date, 120 quilts are registered for the Quilt Show. We need more quilt entries and the deadline has been extended to May 24, 2017. Our BLOG contains a downloadable entry form in addition to the online entry form. The Directory has been updated by Elsie Gaber.



Rose Marie Smith announced four (4) veteran quilts will be presented on Saturday, June 3, at l:00 p.m. Presenters are to contact each veteran and make the presentation. Quilts are to be shown on the Community Service table. Five quilts are to be presented to the George Rea Cancer Center.

The Guild’s BLOG is up to date. Next month the Quilt Show results will be there.

Items for the “Curve” challenge are to be completed (including quilting) by the October 18th meeting and we will vote on them at that time.

The Retreat was great!

Diane Bloskovich presented the proposed slate of officers for 2017-2018: President-Brenda Moore; Vice-President- Rose Marie Smith; Secretary-Kathy East; and Treasurer-Joan Harrison. We will vote on the slate of Officers at the June 21 meeting. Thanks were expressed to those in charge of the six (6) Quilt ‘Til U Wilt sessions held this year,


  • Brenda Moore: “Sea Glass,” graduation quilt for a granddaughter in blues, greens, & yellows.
  • Gyla Elmore: “Hot Rod panels with checkered border, and orange back, made for her brother.
  • Meredith Willcox: pieced scrap quilt for Judy Klinginsmith, who is at the Arbors; and
  • Barn quilt with embroidered barns.
  • Alice Allinson: Black & white “dress” on white, embellished with stones/sparkles.
  • Carol Cunningham: “Ugly quilt” (her terminology): hand-embroidered State flowers, on
  • plain light-colored squares made by her mother, with borders of red, white, & blue.
  • Rose Marie Smith: Veteran quilts pieced by Susan Guffey; Quilt by Wildflower Quilting, both to be given away.
  • Amanda Moots: queen size “Flower Garden” hexies. She asked for suggestions to be made to this quilt and was advised to leave it as is.
  • Erin Northcutt: Wall-hanging made for a friend, star in bright pinks/black.
  • Susan Guffey: Flannel “rag-time” quilt made from items in her closet.
  • Andrea O’Brien: Table-Runner in yellow & blue; and Table runner with butterflies.
  • Kathy East: Veteran Quilt made for her cousin; to be given to him June 10, in Pleasant Hill, MO.

Gyla Elmore was the winner of the Fat Quarter Drawing.


  • Alice Allinson announced assignments will be listed. Quilts will be hung on skirt hangers and approximately 1,000 skirt hangers have been provided by Janet of J. C. Penney Co.
  • Help will be needed for the hanging of the quilts.
  • Check-in will be 7:30-9:00 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017, inside the north entrance of the Ray Miller School.
  • Lunch hours need to be staggered on Friday between 3:00-7:00 p.m. There will be two (2) bed turnings on Friday and 3 bed turnings on Saturday, along with special events at the top of each hour.
  • Jana Russon will display the books about the Kirksville Art Building fire, and will have them for sale.
  • Diane Bloskovich is in charge of the kitchen on Saturday, and distributed a sheet for sign-up to provide the various kitchen needs.
  • Rooster Creek Quilting sent a gift.
  • The Kirksville Chamber of Commerce Newsletter is advertising our Quilt Show. It was emphasized that “Feedback” is extremely important.
  • Kay Beach needs assistance with the Bed Turning. Please see her to see how you can assist.
  • New members need to realize it will be cool in the building, so they may want to “layer” their clothing.
  • We have 12 vendors this year.
  • There will be a tribute to Charlie Beach.
  • There will be two machines set up for people to sew.
  • Viewer’s Choice ballots will be counted and the ribbons will be attached to the winning quilts by 3:00 p.m.
  • If you wish to turn in your raffle tickets tonight, give them to Diane Bloskovich, and give the money to Jo Ann Harrison.
  • The raffle quilt drawing will be at 3:30 p.m. on June 3.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.





MARCH 15, 2017


The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild met Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Adair County Annex. President Andrea O’Brien called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m. Roll Call was answered by 37 members and there were no visitors. The President announced the March birthdays.

Andrea O’Brien and Barb Bevell met with Vanessa Miller regarding the set-up of the Quilt Show. Vanessa needs a map of the facility and they will come in on Friday A.M. (June 2) to set up the standards. The cost has been estimated at $650.00, but that figure could change. Janet Gremaud of J. C. Penney Company has hundreds of skirt hangers and believes they can provide all the skirt hangers we will need for hanging the quilts since most customers do not take their hangers when purchasing clothing. Marilyn Peck related if they are short on hangers, her sister-in-law works at the Ottumwa J. C. Penney Company store and could possibly provide some hangers as well.

Andrea O’Brien asked how many of our members utilize our BLOG—10-12 members indicated they do . The licensing fee is about $100 per year and if it is used, we would want to continue it. Barb Bevell has been keeping it current; however, she has a full-time job and needs help with it if it is to be continued. It takes a LOT of time to upload pictures, get the minutes posted, etc.

Andrea asked if there is any interest in returning to the Livestock Symposium held the first weekend in December. Andrea was approached about this by Vanessa Miller, who has a connection with the Symposium. There was interest and Andrea will explore this possibility.

Andrea announced that “Quilters,” a play by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek is coming to the Maples Repertory Theater in Macon during September and October. In conjunction with the play, there will be three “presenters” who are known to the quilt world:

  1. Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company: On September 30, she will present Trunk Shows at 10 a.m. & 4:30 p.m., and you can attend the musical at 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
  1. Shelley Pagliai of Prairie Moon Quilts: On October 7, she will present a Workshop on the “Happily Ever After” quilt, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (lunch included), a Trunk Show at 4:30 p.m. and you can attend the musical at 7:30 p.m.
  1. Carl Hentsch at On October 14, he will present a workshop on foundation piecing at 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (lunch included), a Trunk Show at 4:30 p.m., and you can attend the musical at 7:30 p.m.

Costs for these various presentations can be seen on the Maples Repertory Theatre web site:

There will also be a quilt show on display during the run of “Quilters, the Musical.” Information for submitting a quilt entry will be accepted until Tuesday, August 1, 2017, and must include: your name, phone number, a photo of the quilt(s), and a paragraph about the quilt: (the story behind it, techniques used, and whatever else you would like to include). These quilts will be voted on by patrons and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded.




  • Keith Peck will have a knee replacement soon, and a card was sent to Kathaleen Winkleman.


  • Renae Farnsworth received a card from Ronald McDonald House thanking us for the children’s pillowcases; they were given away quickly.
  • The program honoring Women Veterans at the VA Hospital, Columbia, will be Friday, March 24, at noon. Rose Marie Smith and Kathy East will plan to attend and hope Gyla Elmore can join them now that she lives in Columbia.
  • A total of 92 “Days for Girls” kits have been sent to Uganda.

QUILT ‘TIL U WILT will be March 18, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or when you “wilt.”


This will be April 22, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Adair County Annex. Cost is $12. and includes a light breakfast and pizza for lunch. Rose Marie Smith and Kay Beach will be presenters.


  • The Raffle Quilt has been completed and was on display, Linda Kowalski made this quilt for the Guild. The name is either “Carpenter’s Star” or “Carpenter’s Wheel.” Ticket packets were distributed and included a picture of the 102” x `102” quilt.
  • Barb Bevell encouraged ALL members to help with the Quilt Show and sign up for the various jobs involved with set up and take down, etc. To date, six (6) vendors have signed up.
  • Erin Northcutt has designed a flier about the Quilt Show and they will be distributed at the April meeting.
  • Jana Russon will be interviewed March 23, 2:00 p.m., for the radio show, “Friends of Paul Pepper,” which will air on March 30. If anyone would like to go with Jana, please call her.



Kay Beach:

  1. Quilt started for Heather (granddaughter) when she graduated from college
  2. Master’s, and now completed for Heather’s wedding gift–pinwheel/9-patch quilted in IA
  3. Disappearing 9-patch, part of Charlie’s project for George Rea Treatment Center

Meredith Willcox:

  1. Made a quilt for Charlie’s project at George Rea

Susan Chidester:

  1. flower in thread appliqué
  2. Flying geese on black background
  3. “Zippers” in batiks
  4. Pillowcase embroidered with thread that glows in the dark
  5. Baby quilt from charm packs
  6. Textured pillow in turquoise
  7. Place mats in greens and yellows
  8. Panel of flowers on black
  9. Panel with aliens in bright colors
  10. Peace cottage with sateen on the back, blue stars, and trees

Joan Harrison:

  1. Veteran quilt with eagle panel made for her husband who is a veteran

Rose Marie Smith:

  1. “Pathways” by Dawn Heese, browns & beiges

Carol Cunningham:

  1. Baby quilt, embroidered blocks, for a great-grandson
  2. Quilt for herself made from “charm packs.”

Sarah Spearman:

  1. quilt with lavenders/turquoise top
  2. Four-patch posie quilt

Cindy Spearman:

  1. Orange/turquoise quilt
  2. Large hexies with raw-edge appliqué, from class by Liz Peters

Bonnie Schultz:

  1. John Deere fabric, yellow back with green John Deere tractors

Kim Sampson:

  1. Mystery Quilt: Bonnie Hunter “Enprovence”
  2. Truck fabric with bright blue, a Project Linus quilt

Meredith Willcox:

  1. Showed her quilt after the fire, which is extremely fragile
  2. Two table runners, blocks embroidered with turquoise & purple
  3. Veteran’s quilt in brown with yellow stars

Karen Farnsworth:

  1. Double Wedding Ring in turquoise, machine quilted
  2. Whole cloth, white brushed cotton, machine quilted

Susan Chidester was the winner of the fat quarter drawing. Mary Magruder was the winner of the quilt rack (donated by Andrea O’Brien) drawing.


The program was given by Elsie Gaber and Meredith Willcox on “Scrappy 4 Patch”. They showed how to make a quilt from 5” squares that were manipulated and cut so as to make the Hourglass Block.

  1. Sew 5″ squares together to make a four patch.
  2. Put two four-patches together, face to face, and sew 1/4″ all around the outside.
  3. Cut the sewn block diagonally, (twice), in an “X” fashion.
  4. Open each block and press.
  5. Arrange however you wish.

Elsie also gave a tip on using ties as the material of choice

  1. Remove backing
  2. Safety pin ties together at top and bottom
  3. Wash in hot water
  4. Iron and use a stabilizer
  5. Cut to desired shapes



The next QTUW will be May 18, at the Adair County Annex building.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Kathy East, Secretary

2016 Veteran’s Day Presentations

The Community Service committee, under the direction of Renae Farnsworth, presented many beautiful quilts to veterans in the northeast Missouri area. Some of the photos of the presentations are shown below.

2016-2017 UFO Challenge Rules

UFO Challenge—“2016-2017”

Well, folks, it’s that time of the year. Time to make out your UFO list and start chipping away at it!! This is your chance to finish a few of those UFOs you’ve been putting off. Not only will you feel good about finishing something, you’ll have a chance to win valuable prizes! So, get your list together and fill out an official “Block” at the meeting. NOTE: If you can’t attend the meeting in September or October, please email Barb ( with your list and she’ll fill out one for you.

GOAL: The goal of this challenge is to help you finish some of your UFOs throughout the year.


  • In September, you will fill out a 12-part “Block” with potential UFOs* you would like to finish within one year. (*NOTE: If you do not have any UFOs, please list Kits/Projects you have already purchased and plan to start and finish within the year.)
  • You’ll have one month to adjust the entries in your “Block”, then after that, your projects stay as listed.
  • The “Block” will be kept in a notebook and brought to each meeting.
  • When the item is finished, you will color in your “piece” on the Block. You may fill out an additional “Block” once you fill up the first one.
  • Each month at Show and Tell, you are encouraged to show (or share if you don’t have the item anymore) your completed item.
  • Contest runs one year, from September 2016 to August 2017.

PRIZES: At the end of the year, we’ll have 3 drawings:

  • First drawing: Only those who complete their entire sheet of 12 UFOs may participate in this drawing. One entry per person, per completed sheet(s).
  • Second drawing: You’ll get one entry for each completed UFO. The more UFOs you complete, the better your chances of winning.
  • Third drawing: Every participant (even if they don’t finish anything on the list) will get one entry added to the basket, along with those names in the second drawing.

No duplicate winners.

HOF Guild Member Happenings

July and August were busy months for some of our guild members.

The Community Service Committee made two donations on July 20. Celia Riggle and Rose Marie Smith delivered 7 quilts to Lifeline Pregnancy Center and 10 quilts to Victim Support Services. 

Pictured above, (left photo) Celia with a representative from Lifeline Pregnancy and (right photo) Celia, two representatives from Victim Support Services, and Rose Marie.

Thank you to the guild members who donated their time and talents in making a charity quilt, and thank you to Celia and Rose Marie who made the delivery possible.

On August 1, Shelly Pagliai gave a wonderful program at the Macon Historical Society. The well-attended event was thoroughly enjoyed by folks from all over. Shelly’s presentation highlighted the quilts and events from her new book, “A Simple Life“, based on her mother’s diary and life in the Macon and Bevier, Missouri areas in the 1950’s. Shelly shared lots of quilts from the book, along with the quilt that was featured in The Kansas City Star block-of-the-month program.

A group from the HOF guild traveled to Macon to hear her lecture. We are so proud of her and all that she has accomplished. Congratulations on your new book, “A Simple Life”.

2016 HOF Quilt Show is Almost Here!

The clock is ticking… The last of the show plans are being wrapped up. It’s time to show off all of our hard work.

The Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild’s 31st annual quilt show will be held June 3rd and 4th at its NEW location and time, the William Matthew Middle School, 1515 Cottage Grove Avenue, Kirksville, Missouri.

For a small, $3.00 donation, you’ll have a full day of fun. Not only will there be over 100 beautiful quilts to admire, you’ll have a chance to win our gorgeous raffle quilt! Our own, Shelly Pagliai, will be there each day to sign her newest book, “A Simple Life”.

There is so much else to see and do, too. You can attend the hourly Vendor Spotlights; enjoy our hand/machine work demonstrations; sit and enjoy the Bed-Turnings; check out our Community Service Corner; spend a little time sewing at our “Sit and Sew for Vets” table; and visit our vendors and participate in the vendor “shop-hop”! And of course, there will be chances to win prizes!!

Join us!

  • Friday, June 3 (2:00-8:00 pm)
  • Saturday, June 4 (9:00 am-4:00 pm)
  • William Matthew Middle School, 1515 Cottage Grove Avenue, Kirksville, Missouri
  • Over 100 Beautiful Quilts
  • Raffle quilt (tickets $1.00 each or 6/$5.00)
  • Book signing, “A Simple Life”, by Shelly Pagliai
  • Demonstrations featuring handwork and machine work
  • Bed-Turnings
  • Community Service Corner
  • “Sit and Sew for Vets”
  • Vendors
  • Vendor “Shop Hop”
  • Prizes!!
  • Entrance $3.00 donation

2016 HOF Quilt show flyer is the link to a downloadable pdf of the flyer.

Isn’t our raffle quilt beautiful?

Tickets are available from any guild member and at the Quilt Show.

($1.00 each or 6 for $5.00)

Upcoming Quilt Show in the Area…

Check out the upcoming Quilt Show in Brookfield. Looks like fun. Put March 19 on your calendar and let’s get a carload of people together and go!